Thank You
November 9, 2022 Creekwood United Methodist Church

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Thank You and Thank You in Advance

I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel form the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.”

-Philippians 1:3-6 NRSV

four pastors standing behind an altar

I wanted to thank you…

…for how we joined together in worship this past Sunday. First off, it was wonderful to see some back in worship and I could feel the energy when we were singing together. Particularly at contemporary service, one person commented, “The music today was so impactful and really helped me connect with God.”

Second, I want to thank you for bringing all of you into worship and being vulnerable with each other. All Saints Day can be a difficult day for many, and like Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, some avoid it so they can avoid the pain. But that was not the case as we lifted our saints high to God and joined in the odd mix of grief and celebration together.

Did you miss it?

For those who missed, a spontaneous moment arose at the end of the sermon at 8:30 that I mirrored intentionally in 11:00 that has left an impact on me. I wasn’t planning on it at all, but I asked people to be brave and vulnerable by raising their hands to different situations of loss and grief. I wasn’t thinking at the time, but looking back, I didn’t really expect anyone to raise their hands.

But…you did.

You raised them for deaths and miscarriages.

You raised them for divorce and the loss of kids from your home.

Thanks for being Vulnerable

It was such a profound moment for me because we so often live very guarded lives – especially at church where we think we need to be happy to be holy. What I experienced in this moment was the Spirit moving powerfully to connect us all in our vulnerability, and from the interactions I witnessed and took part in I believe our faith and trust in God and each other grew.

  • Thank you for being vulnerable
  • Thank you for letting the Spirit work
  • Thank you for loving each other
  • Thank you for providing a space of grace
  • Thank you for letting down your guard so that God could enter


Food in large boxes on pallets

Thank you for donating 9 units of blood to help save lives.

Thank you for donating 807 pounds of food to Collin County families via ACO (the equivalent of 480 meals) and $1,270 in gift cards for turkeys!

I want to thank you in advance…

…for the ways in which you will open up the doors of grace for all of our guests this upcoming Advent season. I’m going to list a couple of links below of ways that you can help us get ready for Advent and ways you can help our special season of ministry go well. If we learned anything from this past week, it’s that vulnerability leads to meaningful moments of ministry. I want to invite you towards that same openness in the way you offer yourselves to serve. Keep scrolling (after you click and volunteer, of course) for a complete schedule of all of our Advent/Christmas events.

Financially Support our Ministries

Bring Cookies for Live Nativity

Be a Greeter

Be an Usher

Property Maintenance and Administrative Tasks

AND – don’t forget about the Advent Attendance Challenge! I’d like every single person to make it a priority to attend worship every single week of Advent, which starts November 27 and runs through Christmas Eve. Let’s keep the momentum, meaning, and energy going!


David Lessner

Actors in costume around a manger for Christmas

several scenes with people wearing pajamas in church

Child holding a candle at night

Gradient Text Gold to Maroon on a Maroon background

Christmas Wreath with text for worship times